MILWAUKEE, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) today announced its first-place ranking in Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 12th annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens List". The company ranked first based on its performance in seven key areas: Environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial and governance.
"Corporate Responsibility Magazine's first-place ranking of our company recognizes our long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility," said Stephen A. Roell, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Controls. "We are honored to be recognized as a leader in this area and congratulate all of the companies named to this list. We are proud of our employees, who bring the spirit and focus of CR Magazine's criteria for this ranking to their work every day. We applaud our employees' dedication to our values, which govern their interactions with all of our stakeholders and underscore our commitment to the environment, human rights and the communities where our employees live and work."
According to Elliot Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise Media, which publishes CR Magazine and produces the Commit!Forum, "This is the 12th annual CR Magazine '100 Best Corporate Citizens List' and we are gratified to see that once again, the overall average of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in the Russell 1000 improved year over year from 2010. This demonstrates the continuing commitment on the part of these companies to better transparency, accountability and citizenship practices."
The "100 Best Corporate Citizens List" was first published in 1999 in Business Ethics Magazine, and has been managed by CRO and Corporate Responsibility Magazine since 2007. In order to compile the list, every company in the Russell 1000, the highest ranked stocks in the Russell 3000 Index of publicly held U.S. companies, is ranked according to over 342 data points of information. The methodology for generating the list is governed by a Methodology Committee of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (CROA).
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 142,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful.
About Corporate Responsibility Magazine, CRO Association and CRO Summits
20,000-subscriber Corporate Responsibility Magazine (www.thecro.com) is publisher of the 12th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, among America's three most-important business rankings according to PR Week. Over 200 large capitalization corporations and institutions are members of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (www.croassociation.org), representing 1,200+ individuals dedicated to increasing professionalization of corporate responsibility standards and practices. CROA has a formal partnership with NYSE Euronext. Corporate Responsibility Officer Summits (www.crosummit.com) are recognized worldwide as the leading events for corporate responsibility practitioners. CR Magazine, CROA and CRO Summits are managed by SharedXpertise Media LLC, with offices in Edison NJ, Cambridge UK, Brussels BE, and Singapore.
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